PUTRAJAYA, 16 July 2009: The cabinet’s decision to abolish the teaching of science and mathematics in English is final, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.
The deputy prime minister said although there were calls for the policy to be retained at the secondary school level, the government must be consistent in its stand not to maintain the status quo.
The important thing now was to find ways to improve the command of the English language among students, he said.
This included calling up English language experts as soon as possible for their input to draft a new curriculum, Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said after presenting service awards to the ministry staff.
“Each [cabinet] decision must be consistent. [The views] may have rationale because they are based on experience, and I’m not saying that they are not good, but in this context, we must be consistent after making such a big decision,” he said.
The cabinet, on 8 July, decided to revert to the use of the Malay language in the teaching of the two subjects for national schools and to the vernacular languages for Chinese and Tamil schools.
It also announced the strategy to uphold the Malay language and strengthen the command of the English language at all levels in school.
The MCA, which supported the move for primary schools, has called for the English language to be maintained for teaching science and mathematics in secondary schools. — Bernama